Man City’s interest in 28-year-old highlights Liverpool’s £20m transfer mistake

Manchester City are reportedly considering making a summer move for Danny Ings as the Sky Blues look to sign a clinical no.9, according to Sky Sports.

Erling Haaland has long since been discussed as a player that could make the move to the Etihad Stadium to replace Premier League legend, Sergio Aguero.

However, the Norwegian has three years left on his contract and, according to Transfermarkt, is worth at least £99million.

And that’s where Danny Ings comes in.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: Danny Ings of Southampton celebrates after he scores his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Southampton FC at Vicarage Road on June 28, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. PHOTO BY RICHARD HEATHCOTE/GETTY IMAGES.

Ings has had a terrific season with Southampton, proving how good he can be when played regularly. Sky Sports report that, with Haaland proving too expensive even for City, the Englishman is being considered as a “more attainable option.”

It’s very easy for me to sit here and pretend that I knew better than Jurgen Klopp but the power of hindsight is very strong. Liverpool got a good deal – £20million for a player that had struggled with injuries his entire time at Anfield.

Despite that, Liverpool could have done with Ings’ finishing in a season where Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino’s performance levels have dipped tremendously. This lack of attacking output from two typically reliable players has seen Mohamed Salah depended on far too much.

The Egyptian has scored 25 goals this season, making him the club’s top scorer by some distance.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. PHOTO BY CATHERINE IVILL/GETTY IMAGES.

Diogo Jota has been a revelation for Liverpool since joining from Wolves in the summer but his untimely injury meant the Reds were toothless in games where Salah was unable to score.

Had Liverpool kept Ings and sold Divock Origi, there is a strong chance the Premier League champions would have fared better domestically this season.

Ings’ 12 goal contributions this term may well have been the difference between scrapping for top four and finishing comfortably inside the Champions League qualification spots.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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